When Pinochet Bitch-Slapped Castro

pino2Henry Kissinger y Augusto Pinochet
“Thanks, Mr Kissinger. But no thanks. We’ll handle it ourselves.”

On September 11, 1973 the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet Bitch-slapped Fidel Castro so smartly that his Stalinist regime (and its dutiful U.S. Media minions) are still sniveling and sniffling and wiping away tears of shock, pain and humiliation.

True to form, The New York Times leads the sniveling. They just published an article decrying the Chilean “tragedy” (i.e. Chile saving itself from Castroism with a military coup and today the richest and freest nation in Latin America.) The article’s author Ariel Dorfman is a former advisor to Chile’s Marxist president and Castro acolyte Salvador Allende. This same “columnist,” by the way, proclaimed Che Guevara as “Hero and Icon of the Century!” for Time magazine back in 1999.

….with the clock tickling ominously toward irreversible Castroism, Chile’s traditionally un-political military made a (genuine) pinprick strike against Allende and his Stalinist minions.

Allende and Castro’s media minions claim 3000 people were “disappeared” during this anti-Communist coup and its aftermath, collateral damage and all. Well, even if we accept the Castroite figure, compared to the death-toll from our interventions/ bombing- campaigns in the Mid-East (that have yet to create a single free, peaceful and prosperous nation) Pinochet’s coup should be enshrined and studied at West Point, Georgetown and John Hopkins as the paradigm for effective “regime–change” and “nation-building.” Granted, Pinochet had much better raw-material to work with.

Oh, I know, I know, whenever you read about Pinochet’s coup in the media you read how it was “U.S.-backed,” and by the diabolical Richard Nixon, no less. But on September 16, five days after Pinochet’s successful coup Nixon asked Kissinger: “Well, we didn’t–as you know–our hand doesn’t show on this one though?”

“We didn’t do it,” replied Kissinger.

Our friends at Townhall insist on disseminating items of practically no interest outside a few tiny enclaves in Miami-Dade.

4 thoughts on “When Pinochet Bitch-Slapped Castro”

  1. Ah, Dorfman. No bias or conflict of interests there. Were his Allende ties mentioned? Regardless, I expect he’ll be shilling for “what might have been” as long as anybody gives him an opportunity.

  2. To compare the death tolls resulting from the regime changes in both countries, the population of Chile in 1973 was about 10 million. The population of Cuba in 1959 was about 7 million.

    For Chile: 3000 deaths out of 10 million = 0.03%

    For Cuba, Professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, Rudolph J. Rummel estimated the number of political executions at between 4,000 and 33,000 from 1958–87, with a mid range of 15,000.

    So to take the lowest figure, 4000 executions, gives a percentage of 0.057%, or almost twice as violent as the Pinochet’s coup. Taking the middle figure of 15000 give us 0.21%, or 7 times the rate in Chile. The high estimate gives a figure 15 time the rate in Chile. Of course, these calculations leave out the more than 60,000 Cubans who died while trying to escape from Castros prison island.

    I’m not trying to make the argument that the morality of a coup or revolution is to be determined solely from the death tolls, but it is useful to put these things in context.

  3. I can’t help remember that Pope JPII tried very hard not to be seen in public with Pinochet during a visit to Chile, obviously to avoid the appearance of being chummy with an unfashionable and highly un-PC figure. Alas, he did nothing of the sort on his visit to Cuba. Funny how that works.

  4. Griffin: it is very useful to put these things in context. thank you. Also don’t forget Pinochet let people decide his political fate through a plebecite…don’t need to compare that to our Cuban counterpart

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